Scholastic To Publish New Multi-Platform Fantasy Adventure Series, Spirit Animals™

  Scholastic To Publish New Multi-Platform Fantasy Adventure Series, Spirit
                                   Animals™

Interactive Multi-Author Seven-Book Series Launches Globally September 2013
With First Book And Storyline By #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon
Mull And Second Book By #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Maggie Stiefvater

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NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the global children's
publishing, education and media company, and the pioneering publisher of the
multi-platform New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues® and Infinity
Ring®^series, continues to innovate with the publication of SPIRIT ANIMALS™, a
new fantasy adventure series for readers ages 8-12. The multi-author series
launches worldwide on September 10, 2013, and will be led by #1 New York Times
bestselling author Brandon Mull who will pen the first book, Wild Born, and
create the story arc. The second book in the series will be written by #1 New
York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater and will be published in
January 2014. Additional authors and publication dates will be announced at a
later date. Combining epic storytelling through seven books linked with a
dynamic online game, Spirit Animals is Scholastic's first foray in the fantasy
genre in its groundbreaking multi-platform publishing program.

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Spirit Animals centers around the fantasy world of Erdas where children who
come of age go through a ritual to determine if they have a "spirit animal," a
rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. In this
breakthrough series, four children from different cultures undergo an annual
ritual and discover that they have been chosen for a greater destiny. Each
book in the series will unlock expanded gameplay on the immersive Spirit
Animals online game site. The role-playing online game—available through any
web browser—will allow kids to customize their own unique heroes, choose their
spirit animals, and go on quests to help save the world of Erdas.

"With Scholastic's latest entry into multi-platform, readers are transported
into a whole new fantasy realm with Spirit Animals," said Ellie Berger,
President, Scholastic Trade. "Spirit Animals has a compelling premise, a
relatable cast of multi-cultural characters, magnificent animals, and a
vibrant online game—this is 21st century storytelling at its best. We cannot
be more excited about introducing this epic series to kids everywhere."

About Spirit Animals
Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched
by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the
unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts – a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a
falcon. Suddenly the fates of these children – and the world – have been
changed forever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age
must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and
beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant
and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the
world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young
strangers . . . and on you. Part engrossing book series, part action
role-playing game, readers will create their own characters online to discover
their spirit animal and join the adventure.

About Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street
Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series. The Los Angeles Times
praised Beyonders saying, "Mull elevates the genre." Mull currently resides in
Utah, with his wife and four children. For more information, visit
www.brandonmull.com.

About Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvateris the #1New York Times bestselling and award-winning
author ofThe Shiver Trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys. USA Today
called Stiefvater "[a] master storyteller." Stiefvater resides in rural
Virginia with her husband and two children. For more information, visit
www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About The 39 Clues® and Infinity Ring ®
Scholastic, the pioneering force in multi-platform publishing, broke new
ground in September 2008 with the launch of The 39 Clues, which combined
books, collectible cards, and an online game, and was the first series of its
kind in the publishing industry. The phenomenally popular franchise maintains
a massive global following with readers in all 50 states and 191 countries.
There are currently more than 15 million copies in print worldwide for The 39
Clues series and more than 2 million registered users for the online game.
Scholastic recently announced the expansion of the series with The 39 Clues:
Unstoppable, a spin-off cycle launching in October 2013. In August 2012,
Scholastic also launched Infinity Ring, a multi-platform time travel adventure
series for readers ages 8-12. Two books in the Infinity Ring series have been
released to date, both of which are New York Times bestsellers.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and
distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and
related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and
ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines,
multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at
home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a
variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail
stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.

SOURCE Scholastic

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Contact: Charisse Meloto, Executive Director of Publicity for Print & Digital
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